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of a mess is italy. what does it mean for europe and the u.s.? a shift in u.s. energy policy. we were trying to lessen middle eastern imports but something just changed. we'll be back to tackle those topics when "power lunch" returns in 2:00. [ male announcer ] any technology not moving forward is moving backward. [ engine turns over, tires squeal ] and you'll find advanced safety technology like an available heads-up display on the 2013 lexus gs. there's no going back. >>> major snowstorm slamming into the middle west this. video comes from kansas city. they were hit very hard there just a week or so after another storm walloped them. tens of thousands of people lost power in that area. in some parts of the middle west measuring sticks show three feet of snow has fallen. sue, in this digital age we still use measuring sticks. >> it's amazing, isn't it, ty? they have had a lot of snow. it's going to take a while to dig out of that. >>> meantime italian business leaders are in shock at the election results which could cause a political stalemate which in terms could affect much needed economi
. there you see the little slide, not so little, at the italian market. it sort of trickled over into the u.s. markets. as we countdown to march 1st deadline day for massive spending cuts out of washington. the dow was less than a hundred point from an all-time high but these two issues have now set the bulls back in the u.s. in the past two hours. the industrials now down about 12 point. josh h john harwood is in washington for us. we start with michelle caruso-cabrera in rome. >> tyler, the italian election is not turning out as market participants had hoped. they expected at this point we would have conclusive results out of the i tal yn election. we do not have conclusive results at this point and it is possible that italians may have to vote again for a new prime minister if we don't get an answer in this round. here's what the markets thought would happen. they thought a guy named louigi berosoni, who most americans haven't heard of, would win. and that silvio burr burr le /*y scony would come in 1ekd. he may not have any seats in the government. the mario monti part is crucial because
last year and they will be paying out the vast majority of their u.s. free cash flow this year in the form of dividends to the common shareholders and buy backs. look, i think the preferred stock idea is is a really interesting idea. i haven't seen other companies use it, but this may be interesting for a lot of other companies sitting in a lot of ksh and preferred shareholders value dividend much higher than common shareholders, it kind of makes sense. >> why do you think, tavis, that apple sits on so much cash. it is a derivative of a very strong business but they can't be earning much money on that cash. they sit on it. they are not doing a lot of deals. >> look, the bigger issue is u.s. tax policy. 68% of that cash is sitting overseas and to bring that back and give it back to shareholders, requires them not only to pay a tax but also very likely requires tlem to restate their income tax rates in terms of gap accounting which lowers their earnings. so this is not an apple specific issue. it is across the tech industry broadly. and if somebody can can figure out how to unloc
didn't expect to see. a tb outbreak in the united states. how big a risk is it for the u.s. in 2013? there are some drug resistant strains making their way around the world in this very infectious disease. it is happening now. make sure you are safe. that's all in the next 59 minutes. simon hobbs is my partner today. he is in for sue. >> let's focus on the economic signs today. the drop took us from record highs, let's not forget. was it the correction that so many people have warned us about? right now, you can see, we are just about to retake on this bounce, it would appear, dow down. s&p, 1513. also higher on oil but we've lost a lot this week. gold, as you can see, 1572. still way below the $1600 level. that market bouncing back clearly, sign number one, for investors heading into the weekend. sign number two comes from europe. european commission very negative on the country's economic prospects for the year. they say you will barely grow for the whole of the 27 nation eu. they will contract again in 2013. sign number three provided by the federal reserve bank of st. louis, jam
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